Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Dark Side of the Moon

The Dark Side of the Moon
Hook:  Partridge CS10/1 size 2/0
Thread: white for the body, black for the head
Tag: fine oval gold
Tip: white floss butted with 3 turns fine silver tinsel
Tail: two toppings
Butt: black ostrich and 3 turns of fine silver tinsel
Body: in seven segments as follows: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet silk.  Each segment is butted fore and aft with 3 turns fine oval silver tinsel except for the indigo and violet silk where it is fine oval gild instead.  Each segment is also butted with a corresponding colour of feather as follows: red- red cocks hackle 2 turns, orange- orange toucan or cocks hackle 2 turns,  yellow -golden pheasant topping 3 turns, green- mandarin duck crest 3 turns, blue - cobalt vulturine guinea 1 turn, indigo - peacock neck 2 turns, violet -golden pheasant rump 2 turns.  There is also a butt of corresponding coloured ostrich herl after each "hackle" feather.  So the entire sequence goes as follows:  Black ostrich, tinsel, red silk, tinsel, red feather, red ostrich, tinsel, orange silk, tinsel,orange feather, orange ostrich, tinsel, yellow silk, tinsel, yellow feather, yellow ostrich etc...
Each section of silk is ribbed with 1 turn of fine oval silver tinsel, except for the indigo and violet silk, which are ribbed in fine oval gold. 
Lastly, it goes with out saying that the size of each butting hackle feather increases as you get closer to the head. 
Throat: finely speckled guinea dyed kingfisher blue
Wing: underwing: white striped, finely speckled vulturine guinea body feather, married strips of white turkey and wild turkey dyed red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, with argus tail along the top.  The sequence is as follows:  1 strand dyed white to three strands dyed wild, 2 strands argus to finish, 1,3,1,3,1,3,1,3,1,3,1,3,2
Topping over

This pattern actually came to me some 25 years ago, while tripping with Pink Floyd.  It stuck around in my head, occasionally trying to get out, but not succeeding.  Eventually I forgot it.  Then one night in 2007, I was listening to the same album, but not tripping, I had given that up 20 years prior, when the pattern jumped out of my head full force and demanded to be tied.  Surprisingly, it came out very well and has been warmly recieved so far.  One of my best works I think.  The one and only original is with Monte Smith now as I promised the tying gods while actually tying it. 

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